Programme Policy Officer

World Food Programme, Gaziantep, Turkey

Skill Required:, Monitoring and Evaluation
Preferred Experience: 
3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
4th February, 2019

Job Description


The United Nations World Food Programme is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. The mission of WFP is to help the world achieve Zero Hunger in our lifetimes. Every day, WFP works worldwide to ensure that no child goes to bed hungry and that the poorest and most vulnerable, particularly women and children, can access the nutritious food they need.

In September 2016, WFP signed the largest humanitarian deal in European history: a €348 million contract with the European Union to roll out a programme known as the Emergency Social Safety Net (ESSN). ESSN programme in Turkey contributes of the goals laid out in the Grand Bargain. Partnering with the European Commission’s Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid department (ECHO), WFP has joined forces with the Turkish Red Crescent and the Government of Turkey to lessen the suffering of over a million refugees in Turkey.


  • Education and Experience: Advanced University degree in International Affairs, Economics, Nutrition/Health, Agriculture, Environmental Science, Social Sciences or other field relevant to international development assistance plus at least 3 years of related work experience, OR Bachelor Degree plus at at least 4 years of related work experience.
  • Language: Fluency (level C) in English and Turkish, and in addition fluency (level C) in Arabic is an asset.
  • Residency Status: Candidates are required to be Turkish nationals.


These jobs are found in Headquarters (HQ), Regional Bureaux (RBs) or Country Offices (COs) and job holders report to a more senior Programme Policy Officer and Head of Office.
Job holders operate with a high degree of independence, manage more junior staff to ensure that programme and policy objectives are achieved in full. They are usually involved in a wide variety of programme and policy activities and analytical work, some of which may be of a considerable complexity. At this level job holders are expected to contribute to performance improvement.


To provide support to policy and programme activities that effectively meet basic needs assistance.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

  • Contribute towards the development of a wide variety of project activities, plans and processes, ensuring alignment with wider programme policies and guidance.
  • Provide project management support to specific and defined programmes and projects of considerable size/complexity, ensuring a coordinated approach with wider programmes that complies with WFP standards and procedures.
  • Develop and coordinate data gathering and monitoring systems ensuring that rigorous quality standards are maintained.
  • Research and analyse a range of policy and operational issues to inform the development of policies, programmes and activities.
  • Contribute to the preparation of accurate and timely reporting on programmes and activities that enable informed decision making and consistency of information presented to stakeholders.
  • Liaise with internal and external counterparts to ensure effective collaboration, monitor ongoing projects and highlight potential risks to project delivery.
  • Support the identification, development and management of potential partnerships to collaborative working leading to improved basic needs assistance packages.
  • Support the capacity building of WFP staff, partners and national government to prepare for and respond to basic needs assistance , e.g. through providing inputs into training materials or directly conducting training.
  • Guide and supervise the area office monitoring team, acting as a point of referral and supporting them with analysis and queries.
  • Other as required.


  • Programme Lifecycle & Assistance Displays ability to identify the main vulnerability problems at the national or subnational level to design and implement context-specific monitoring activities that integrate complex analysis and the full range of assistance tools.
  • Monitoring Modalities (Cash,) Demonstrates ability to analyse and consolidate quantitative and qualitative information from different sources (e.g., population department, ID verification processes, monitoring results, secondary sources, etc) to inform programme development and monitoring activities.
  • Broad Knowledge of Specialized areas (i.e. Monitoring, Cash-based transfer, VAM, etc.) Demonstrates the ability to interpret data in the context of WFP specialised fields to contribute to technical programme design, implementation and monitoring.
  • Strategic Policy Engagement w/ Government Contribute to the development of recommendations using multiple inputs (e.g., government counsel, research, own experience) to strengthen national or subnational entities and government owned assistance programmes.


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